The Top 15 South Asian Role Models was a list first compiled by Sher Vancouver Founder and award winning social worker and documentary film producer, Alex Sangha, in January 2011 and was published in the Vancouver Observer.
A new list was compiled in June 2015 and published in the Georgia Straight, Huffington Post, Darpan Magazine, and Surrey604. The 2020 list was published in the Times of India and Surrey604.
The Top 15 South Asian Role Models is now released for publication approximately every five years. The next release date will be sometime in mid 2025.
The purpose of the list is threefold:
- To educate the broader public about the contributions that South Asian people make to the world.
- To provide South Asian youth with positive role models so they can feel proud of their culture, heritage, and accomplishments as a community.
- To showcase the ethno-cultural diversity of South Asia as a subcontinent and its people. For the purposes of this list South Asia includes people from the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives and their diaspora worldwide. People from Afghanistan, Burma, and Tibet may also be considered at the discretion of the jury.
HOW ARE THE TOP 15 SELECTED?
Nominations and Selection
- SELECTION COMMITTEE – A selection committee made up of a minimum of three people from Sher Vancouver research and come up with the shortlist of the Top 15.
- CORE MEMBERSHIP – This shortlist is then sent to the core Sher Vancouver membership for final recommendations and review and feedback.
- PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT – Sher Vancouver Founder Alex Sangha gathers all the information and releases the Top 15 list in a news release to the general public and the media. The Top 15 is also published on the Sher Vancouver blogs and various social media platforms.